Phil Bauer graduated from Lyons High School in 1995.  He was a three (3) sport athlete, playing football, wrestling and track.


              Phil played on the Lyons Varsity Football Team his junior and senior years.  He was named to the All-Conference 1st Team as an offensive lineman his senior year.  He was part of the offensive line that helped to set records for total rushing yards in a single season and the longest run from the line of scrimmage – 92 yards by Linwood Carswell.


              Phil was a four (4) year varsity letter winner in track.  His junior year, he placed 3rd in discus and 4th in shot put at sectionals.  His senior year, he was 5th in discus and 6th in shot put at sectionals.


              Although he enjoyed the other sports, wrestling is where Phil really excelled.  He was on the varsity team for four (4) years.  He was a member of the 50 point club at 215 pounds, his junior year.  His senior year, he was Section V, Class D Champion at 250 pounds, a first for Lyons.  He was named 1995 Finger Lakes Wrestler of the Year.  His record was 24-2 and he won three (3) tournaments that year.  Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was winning super sectionals and advancing to the NYS Tournament.  There was only one tournament back then for all classes, AA-D, so this was an amazing achievement.  Phil finished 4th in New York State.


              After high school, Phil joined the U.S. Army.  He served as a scout with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.  On November 2, 2013, his chinook helicopter was shot down by a surface-to-air missile near Fallujah, Iraq.  In 2009 Phil joined the Wounded Warrior Program, where he received his 1st service dog, Reese.  He worked for the non-profit ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) where he raised and trained service dogs.

              In 2015, Phil moved back to Lyons.  He has four amazing children, Nick (16), Rian (13), Jackson (11) and Joslyn (10).  He recently received his second service dog, Champ.